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I want to use sublime as my default IDE for TeX (currently I'm using Latex Studio). I've found two great packages:

  1. LaTexTools

  2. LaTexing

Both has somehow the same list of features but LaTeXing seems to have extra feature and hassle free (is it correct?). It seems support better auto complete features (esp. the citation) and better multiple PDF viewer compatibility and larger snippets (I might be wrong).

In another side, LaTexTools seems to have much larger user community and It's open source and again seems to have lots of primary features that LaTeXing has. LaTeXing isn't free (15$/user) but it has free unlimited trial and seems closed source and premium support.

I searched the web for comparison between these two, but I didn't find any proper thread. I think it could be beneficial for the users to have a good review and comparison between these two packages (to save time). What is the key differences/features between the two?


  • I'm using Linux vs ST3 ( LaTexTools didn't support ST3 some month ago and the choice was easier).
  • I sometimes work with XeTeX and I like to switch to LuaTeX in the future so build systems are essential.
  • I like to create TeX documents as projects and some times the projects are large so go to anything and auto complete the file names are quite handy
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More than a year has passed. What are you using now? I'm in the same situation as you were when you posted this question. – iamatrain Dec 7 '15 at 21:56
Me as well. @iamatrain, have you made a decision, and can you recommend one over the other? – colonelk1 Jan 5 at 17:26
@iamatrain Furtunately or not, I've switched to Vim...different church ;-) but the open source alternative nowadays is more mature. If you have any preference about FSF or open source so go with LaTeX Tools and be sure about it. Otherwise if you don't have any concern regarding open source then try both, I think. – ToX Mar 17 at 14:47
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I have used both plug-ins and I am currently using LaTeXing. I will continue to do so because I find that LaTeXing has some really nifty features such as as cmd+l,cmd+l when including graphics or .tex files.

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Both plug-ins do support ST3, both plug-ins support root directives (with some difference in the syntax, the picture above illustrates the LaTeXing root file syntax) and both plug-ins support projects. LaTeXing supports partial build of a project, which I'm not sure if LaTeXtools does.

However, doing a complete comparison is a tedious piece of work – the plug-ins are quite extensive. I'd recommend taking a look at the documentation of LaTeXing and LaTeXtools and finding your own preferences, as these tend to vary from one TeX personality to another.

Personally I'm still uncovering new features with LaTeXing, and I believe (just speculations based on a overview comparison of the LaTeXing User Guide and the LaTeXtools documentation) that LaTeXing is a more extensive plug-in which will have a higher probability of satisfying a proper Sublimer's needs.

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Yeah, I've same idea from my initial search. I'm currently installing LaTeXing...I afraid of breaking the LaTeXing by installing LaTeXTools. Fortunately you're saying it's safe to have both. However I wait for possible more elaborate comparison. My initial motivation for starting this thread is to provide a conscious comparison between the two for new users. It will save a lot of time. Just final remark, LaTeXtools is opensource and for me, personally, it's a +1! – ToX Apr 26 '14 at 18:44
what's your ST3 Theme? – x4k3p Jan 6 '15 at 21:01
I'm switching between Solarized (Light) and Solarized (Dark) – Holene Jan 7 '15 at 6:39
LaTeXtools has now the feature of Fill Helper (filling in package and file names automatically) after a recent update. – William Zhang Nov 27 '15 at 8:16

The point of LaTeXing not being FLOSS is truly important and betting for small-scale closed-source is always risky. If the software author pulls the plug, forking by others is often not an option.

... And as it happens, look what is now figuring prominently on the LaTeXing home page:

2014-06-27 16:48 by Chris

The purchase of a license for LaTeXing is temporary not possible. Due to personal issues the distribution is stopped and will be not continued for a few month. This is not the end of LaTeXing, the program will still receive updates and bug fixes during that time.

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LaTeXing is back under active development. Nonetheless it's an actual risk. – Alessandro Cuttin Apr 28 '15 at 14:15

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